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American Revolution 1763-1789 The birth of a new nation - to commence at the Proclaimation of 1763 to the end of the Articles of Confederation.

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Boston Tea Party

American posterity tends to claim that the Boston Tea Party was due to heavy duty on tea imposed by the British when in fact it was due to Bostonís smugglers being undercut over lowering the duty on tea from a shilling a pound to three pence per pound.

The contemporary Massachusetts lawyer and politician Daniel Leonard wrote,

"Will not posterity be amazed when they are told that the present distraction took its rise from the parliamentís taking off a Shilling duty on a pound of tea, and imposing three pence, and call it a more unaccountable frenzy, and more disgraceful to the annals of America, than that of the Witchcraft."

Why has the real reason for ransacking the East India ship Dartmoor been airbrushed out of American history?
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It was perceived (correctly IMO) that the lowering was merely a temporary arrangement aimed at stopping Patriot efforts to circumvent British attempts to levy direct taxes.

And, of course, John Hancock didn't like them stepping on his profits.
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Agreed here. The attempt was made to undercut the huge number of smugglers in the colonies. It really didn't work either. When you attempt to force people to buy something from you, don't be suprised if they refuse and spit in your face.
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American posterity tends to claim that the Boston Tea Party was due to heavy duty on tea imposed by the British when in fact it was due to Bostonís smugglers being undercut over lowering the duty on tea from a shilling a pound to three pence per pound.

The contemporary Massachusetts lawyer and politician Daniel Leonard wrote,

"Will not posterity be amazed when they are told that the present distraction took its rise from the parliamentís taking off a Shilling duty on a pound of tea, and imposing three pence, and call it a more unaccountable frenzy, and more disgraceful to the annals of America, than that of the Witchcraft."

Why has the real reason for ransacking the East India ship Dartmoor been airbrushed out of American history?
Its like Robin Hood I think, if he existed he probably robbed from the rich to keep for himself. Myths perpetuate.
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I dont disagree with anything...however, the creation of monopolies and the feeling of "whats next?" was also a concern
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Why has the real reason for ransacking the East India ship Dartmoor been airbrushed out of American history?
Perception of the Republic - gotta put the right spin on the news.

Wag the dog they call it...
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